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UFC 251 main event CANCELLED – Due to positive test result

Two members of title challenger Gilbert Burns have also tested positive

While other events may have taken precedence, the world is still afflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though the UFC have taken drastic measures to ensure the safety of their fighters during events, fighters can still contract the virus. This is unfortunately the case, as welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the UFC 251 main event fight with Kamaru Usman to be cancelled.

Several sources close to Burns and his team have confirmed the news.Aside from Burns, two of his corner men have also tested positive: His brother Herbert Burns and trainer Greg Jones.


Despite the main event at UFC 251 being cancelled, the show will go on, however. According to several sources, the featherweight title fight between Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway will now serve as the new main event at UFC 251. The plans are to reschedule Usman vs Burns for a later event.

“Devastating news, not feeling well but I’m going to win this battle,” Burns wrote on social media. “Stay safe out there! Much love”

Burns is currently on a six fight winning streak, and has truly elevated his game since returning to the welterweight division. His current wins include victories over Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, as well as a five round domination of former champ Tyron Woodley. Usman, on the other hand, was set for his second title defence. He defeated Woodley via decision to win the title, and defended it against Colby Covington at UFC 245 last year.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for